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Prunus 'Tai-Haku' (Japanese Flowering Cherry)

Japanese Flowering Cherry 'Tai-haku', Cherry 'Tai-haku', Cherry 'Taihaku', Prunus serrulata 'Tai-haku', Great White Cherry


An ancient Japanese tree, award-winning Prunus 'Tai-Haku' is a medium-sized deciduous tree of broad spreading habit, with cherry blossoms of exceptional size and beauty. Opening from pink buds, remarkably large, single, pure white flowers, 2-2.5 in. across (5-6 cm), appear all along the branches in mid to late spring. Held in profuse clusters of 3-4 flowers, the blooms feature 5 petals which gradually expand to a flat plane. The flowers emerge at the same time as the deep bronze-red leaves, which create a perfect foil to the glowing blossoms. As the season progresses, the serrated leaves turn mid-green before warming up to orange and gold in fall. A splendid Flowering Cherry which adds drama to the landscape as a single specimen or in avenue plantings. 

'Tai-Haku' means 'Big White' in Japanese, hence its common name of 'Great White Cherry'. Extinct in Japan, it has been revived from a single specimen found in a Sussex garden.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows vigorously with an open spreading habit up to 20 ft. tall and wide (6 m).
  • Performs best in full sun in moist, relatively fertile, well-drained soils.
  • Perfect choice as specimen plants, lawns, avenue plantings.
  • Prune in midsummer if silver leaf is a problem
  • Watch for caterpillars, leaf-mining moths, bullfinches, silver leaf, bacterial canker and blossom wilt.
  • Propagate by budding or grafting, although softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat can be successful.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Spread 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Spread 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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